Ways to Make Money as a Developer — Videos, Job Boards, and More

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Software development is a great skill to have in the modern world.

We can take advantage of it by making money in multiple ways.

In this article, we’ll look at some ways we can make money as a developer.

YouTube Channel

You can shoot videos teaching people how to write apps and how to do other popular development tasks.

This is something that has fewer competitions like travel videos since software development is an exclusive skill that not everyone can master.

You can live code or shoot prerecorded videos.

Prerecorded videos can be sold.

With YouTube, you can sell ads through AdSense if you have enough people.

Of courses, you can sell ad spaces in your own videos instead of using Google ads.

Also, you can promote affiliate products and promote your own products in your videos.

Shooting videos is hard work and takes lots of work to succeed, so this may not be the best option if you want to make money fast.

However, if you’re known on the Internet, then more opportunities will come for you.

Online Courses and Programs

This is like shooting YouTube, except that you’re organizing the videos into a course.

Also, you may want to create a book only courses instead of book and video courses.

Live Streams

You can live stream yourself coding or doing some kind of webinar.

This can be done in Twitch or YouTube.

There’s less competition than other kinds of live streams since being able to live code means you can code mostly on top of your head.

This is not something many people can do.

Live code sessions also have discussions on the side to engage your audience more.

In your stream, you can ask for donations and you can ask for sponsorships to make money.

Open Source Projects

This is also not something everyone can do, so the competition is definitely lower.

You can create an open-source project or work on an existing one.

As long as you make something useful to other people, people will notice.

In the process, you can get donations or sponsorships.


Patreon is a donation platform where people can donate to you.

If you contribute something useful, people will donate to your eventually.

However, this is not something that’ll happen often until you get a very large audience.

So you may have to find more reliable ways to make money.

Create Your Own Job Board

Since you have development skills, you can create your own job board and employers can buy posting space on your site.

Each posting usually cost a few hundred bucks, so you can make money fast if you have lots of postings.

Ads may help you here to promote your job board so employers and prospective employees can notice your job board.


There’re many channels you can gain exposure for yourself and make money online as a developer.

By John Au-Yeung

Web developer specializing in React, Vue, and front end development.

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